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|Title: ||Safeguarding Public Health Concerns, Livelihoods and Productivity in Wastewater Irrigated Urban and Periurban Vegetable Farming|
|Authors: ||Klutse, Armah|
Kranjac- Berisavljevic, Gordana
Abaidoo, R. C.
|Issue Date: ||2-Nov-2009|
|Publisher: ||CGIAR challenge program on water and food|
|Citation: ||CGIAR challenge program on water and food November 02, 2009|
|Abstract: ||There is an increasing demand for food in many cities in developing countries due to
rising urban populations. While foods like cereals can be transported from rural areas,
perishable crops like vegetables lose their market value during transportation as
refrigeration is scarce. Most vegetables are therefore grown in and around cities to
maintain their freshness and nutrition value. For instance in Accra, Ghana, about 1000
farmers are involved in market-oriented urban vegetable farming and the vegetables
produced are eaten by 200, 000 Accra residents daily. However, the quality of irrigation
water used is poor due to contamination from untreated wastewater resulting from poor
urban sanitation. This practice though beneficial in its contributions to urban food
security and livelihoods, it raises also public health concerns due to the risks posed from
untreated wastewater to farmers and vegetable consumers.
In response, a number of research institutions in 2005 led by Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology (KNUST) started a project entitled, “Safeguarding
Public Health Concerns, Livelihoods and Productivity in Wastewater Irrigated Urban and
Peri-urban Vegetable Farming”. The project was funded by the CGIAR – CPWF (PN 38).
The main goal was to develop integrated and user-oriented strategies to safeguard
public health concerns without compromising livelihoods and land and water productivity
in wastewater irrigated urban and peri-urban vegetable farming. It was completed by a
Danida funded CPWF Project (PN 51).|
|Description: ||This Article was published CGIAR challenge program on water and food November 02, 2009|
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